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Arkansas whitewater, Gulpha Creek

Garland county, Ridgeway Road to Highway 270 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II+     2.2 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Hot Springs, as you can see on the road map further down. The Ridgeway Road to Highway 270 stretch of Gulpha Creek in Garland County is 2.2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II+ section of whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections in this state
    are safe for beginners. This is a short paddling stretch so no need to bring snacks. There are some good hotels near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There are a few other
stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The wild scenery of the Ouachita Mountains is great. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. There's camping available near Gulpha Creek. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. The scenic beauty of Arkansas and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream  
make the trip here worthwhile.

Briefly about the general area:
When you're here at Gulpha Creek it's always fun to visit Lake Catherine State Park, and nearby you come across Spencer Bay. You'll beyond doubt wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the fun stuff in the Ouachita Mountains. The good people of Hot Springs like to hang out close by; popping by Hot Springs National Park is just something you need to do if you haven't yet. This river is so perfect. Gulpha Creek is a wet site that gets a good deal of rain. All through March this area sees the most rain while January is usually the driest month.

Gulpha Creek, Ridgeway Road to Highway 270 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Gulpha Creek.
 Whitewater Near Gulpha Creek:
Gulpha Creek, Garland County, 1 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.2 miles long (Ridgeway Road to Highway 270)
Blakely Creek - North Fork, Hot Spring County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 2.9 miles long (North Fork Road to Highway 84)
Ouachita River, Hot Spring County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 6 miles long (Remmel Dam to I-30 at Malvern)
Ouachita River, Hot Spring County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 0.1 miles long (Rockport Ledge)
De Roche Creek, Hot Spring/Clark County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.5 miles long (Highway 283 to Highway 67)
Saline River - Middle Fork, Garland County, 17 miles away
      Class II(III) - 0.9 miles long (Iron Springs to Buffalo Gap Road)
Saline River - Alum Fork, Saline County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 20.5 miles long (Highway 5 to Benton City Park)
Trace Creek, Perry County, 20 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.5 miles long (NFR 780 to Highway 7)
Bear Creek South Fourche Tributary, Perry County, 23 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 4.5 miles long (NFR 45 to NFR 86)
South Fourche LaFave, Perry County, 23 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 11.3 miles long (Highway 7 to Deberrie low-water bridge)
 Marinas Near Gulpha Creek:
Hot Springs Marina, Hot Springs National Park , 5 miles away
Power Boats, Hot Springs National Park , 7 miles away
Balboa Dam Stoarge, Hot Springs Village , 10 miles away
R & J Marina, Hot Springs Village , 11 miles away
Rod's Marina, Royal , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Gulpha Creek:
Knights Inn Hot Springs, Hot Springs , 2 miles away
Red Roof Inn Hot Springs, Hot Springs , 3 miles away
Rodeway Inn Hot Springs, Hot Springs , 3 miles away
Embassy Suites Hot Springs - Hotel - Spa, Hot Springs , 4 miles away
Hilltop Manor Bed And Breakfas, Hot Springs , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gulpha Creek:
Western Village Mobile Home Park, Hot Springs National Park, 1 miles away
Hot Springs KOA Kampground, Hot Springs National Park, 2 miles away
J&J RV Park, Hot Springs National Park, 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gulpha Creek:
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 3 miles away
Lake Catherine State Park, Arkansas , 6 miles away
Lake Ouachita State Park, Arkansas , 15 miles away
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Arkansas , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gulpha Creek:
Lakeview Golf Club, Hot Springs National , 1 miles away
Lakeside Golf Club, Hot Springs , 2 miles away
Magic Hills Public Golf Course, Hot Springs National , 2 miles away
 Lakes Near Gulpha Creek
Lake Hamilton, Garland , 3 miles away
Sleepy Valley Lake, Garland , 4 miles away
Dillon Lake, Garland , 6 miles away

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